Time: September 15, 2016 from 10:30am to 1pm
Location: The Chocolate Factory, Studio 28
Street: 5 Clarendon Road
City/Town: London N22 6XZ
Event Tag: writing, creative, short, fiction, life, novel, workshops
Posted By: Kate Pemberton
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2016
(Tues) Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18
Workshop practitioner: Alba Arikha
How does a painting ‘speak’ to you? How many stories can a picture tell? In this workshop we will seek to interpret images and shape them according to our own vision. Ernest Hemingway once said that ‘each word is a brushstroke on paper.’ Using a number of paintings (from various movements) as examples, we will delve into the artist’s world and fill our own canvas with words. Along the way, we will discuss how art inspires literature, the power of observation, writing techniques and how to develop your skills. We will look at the function of character, plot, setting and narrative structure. We will study what makes a great story, and how to hold the attention of the reader. Every week, participants will be asked to share their work in progress and receive feedback from the tutor and the group. At the end of the six weeks, participants may have several finished or drafted short stories, or may find that they have embarked on something longer. The class is designed for all levels.
(Thurs) Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20
Workshop practitioner: Giovanna Iozzi
This course will teach you how to fictionalise your own real life experiences. Using writing exercises and prompts focused on memory, the senses and dramatic moments in time, you will learn how to select, shape and fictionalise factual material into prose that packs a punch. After studying examples of ‘auto-fiction’ and fictionalised memoir from the likes of Dave Eggers, Sheila Heti and Chris Kraus, you will leave the course with a finished piece of autobiographical fiction as well as improved skills in writing, editing and reimagining the past.
(Fridays) Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9
Workshop practitioner: Sara Langham
This is a course aimed at anyone who has wanted to write a novel but hasn’t known how to begin or anyone who is interested in the process and would like to think about it now. Over the six weeks we’ll look at the mechanics of writing a novel: plot, character, setting, language. We’ll look at the many different forms the novel can take while considering the history of the novel, the novel today and its future. We will have a session on getting a novel published, the roles of agents, publishers, traditional publishing and e-publishing. Using novel extracts to guide us we will work on our own pieces with the aim that at the end of the six weeks we will have a solid foundation on which to continue. There will be plenty of opportunities to write, read and share our work in a positive and supportive environment. If you are a completely newcomer to writing or you have written before and would now like to think about tackling a novel then this course should set you on the right path.
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